Thursday, December 24, 2015

Diwan Todder Mal and Baba Moti Ram Mehra - A remberance


We all know about "Saka Sirhind" where Chhotte Sahibzade (Baba Fateh Singh and Baba Zorawar Singh) of Guru Gobind Singh attained martyrdom on 26 December 1705 at a very young age.Every year on 26 December, Shaheedi Jor Mela is organised at Fatehgarh Sahib, to commemorate the supreme sacrifice at the place of their martyrdom.
In history of Saka Sirhind two men, Diwan Todar Mall Ji and Baba Moti Ram Mehra played supreme role in serving Mata Gujar Kaur and two Sahibzadas. They have shown their courage favoring Guru Ji's family inspite of cruel rule of Mughal Government.

Diwan Todar Mall

Diwan Todar Mall was a wealthy merchant of Sirhind, who on the 13 December 1705 perforDiwan Todder Malmed the cremation of the three martyred bodies of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, Zorawar Singh aged about 6, Fateh Singh aged about 9 and their grandmother, Mata Gujari.

This incident occurred after the Sahibzade had been executed by the Mughal authorities on the 12 December 1705 for not renouncing their faith and the death from shock of their grandmother at the news of the sudden and despicable execution of the innocent youngsters. When Diwan Todar Mal ji wanted to do the last rites of Baba Zorawar Singh Ji and Baba Fateh Singh Ji the Mughals asked him to buy the land for doing last rites by laying down gold coins standing up. Its said he laid down 7800 gold coins and did the Saskaar or last rites.Every Sikh bows his head in gratitude to Diwan Todar Mal ji.

Baba Moti Ram Mehra
Baba Moti Ram Mehra was a devoted disciple of the Guru Gobind Singh who, disregarding the risk to his own life, managed to enter the Thanda Burj in a very dramatic manner and serve milk to the Mata Gujri and BabaBaba Moti Mehra Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, the two younger Sahibzadas (sons) of Guru Gobind Singh for three nights,where they were kept under arrest by the Mughal Governor of Sirhind, Wazir Khan. Even today the Sikhs remember this great service of Baba Moti Ram ji and common saying among Sikhs “Dhan Moti Jis Punn Kamaya – Gur-Laalan taain Dudh Piaya” (Baba Moti Ram Mehra Ji’s service is great to fed milk to children of Guru Sahib).

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